What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips ó how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Will Social Security Disability Pay for X-rays or an MRI?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
In some cases Social Security will pay for x-rays if the disability examiner thinks they are necessary for himself, or necessary for a physician performing a consultative exam (commonly referred to as a social security medical exam, CEs are brief examinations given to determine the claimantís current medical condition) to make a decision on a claim.
However, Social Security pays for x-rays only when they are absolutely essential to decide a claim. MRIs and other screenings of this nature: i.e., CT scans, bone scans, etc., are not covered by Social Security due to the cost involved in obtaining this information.
Fortunately, many people who file for SSD based on ongoing medical conditions such as back pain, spinal stenosis, rheumatoid arthritis, seizure activity, etc., have already undergone treatment for these conditions with an independent physician. In such cases, the results of advanced medical imaging techniques needed to diagnose these types of disabilities may already be in the patientís medical file.
Ideally anyone who files for disability benefits will have received medical treatment in the past and established a medical history with a treating physician or physicians. If, due to financial constraints or other reasons this is not the case, Social Security will schedule the CE needed to close the case, which could include x-rays, but not any sort of advanced imaging techniques.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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